With a toddler at home, it is always exciting to see how he grows and how he learns the things. At the age of 2, now he starts showing interest on reading story books.(of course he cannot read alone, still he uses the illustrations to get the idea of the book)So far, we bought mainly picture books and flash cards for him to improve his vocabulary. But, now we try to buy different books to enhance his imaginations and reading skills.
But, choosing best books for toddlers must be done with good care. This is the age they are more with exploring things and they are curious with many things around them. So, if we introduce the right books for toddlers, they will grab the things fast and it is same if we give the things which are not age appropriate.
Basically if you are looking for best books for toddlers, select books with bright and colorful illustrations. If it is a story book, short sentences with big letters are suitable for the little minds to absorb the idea. Poems and rhymes are great ways to keep them attract to the books and it is easy to develop the reading habits for toddlers.
With the above things are in mind, here are the most important Tips for choosing best books for toddlers.
Select books which are well illustrated.
Beautiful and bright illustrations are helpful to attract toddlers to read the book. Even these illustrations are helpful to develop the imaginations. If the illustrations tell the story of the book, that is a suitable book for toddlers, especially at the age of two.
Select books which are well worded
Check the flow of the wording. If the story flows easily and without too many words, then it is a suitable book for toddlers. With rhythmic sentences, repeating again and again making it interesting to continue reading, a story book makes it attractive for toddlers. Even you are the one read the story book for your kid; he will listen with big curious eyes and lot of imaginations.We recently read ‘The Enormous Turnip‘ which is a book with rhythmic sentences and my son loved it.Even he wanted me to repeat the book again and again.
Select books which have great endings.
Now, with a story book you aroused the curiosity of your toddler. Your kid is waiting to hear what happened next. If the end is good, they are happy. If the end of the book keeps a smile on your toddlers face, then go for it. If the book solves a problem, that is one of the best books for toddlers.
These are my tips of choosing the books for toddlers, especially at the age of 2.You can also check www.parentaljourney.com for the lists of best books for toddlers. That will ease you to select recommended books from a mom who read books for her toddler.
What are your tips for selecting best books for toddlers? Do you read books for your toddler? Please comment below.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)